A Decade Later, “Insane” Lewis Hamilton Puts the Cynics to Shame as F1 Fans Celebrate History

Published 09/28/2022, 2:58 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 3, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton with fans after the race REUTERS/Andrew Boyers

There were many doubters when Lewis Hamilton decided to switch to Mercedes from McLaren. That was the time when McLaren were on top of their game and competing with a dominant Red Bull and Ferrari. So when Hamilton decided to leave the team he had won his first championship with, some eyebrows were bound to raise.

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Today marks Lewis Hamilton’s 10 years at Mercedes. This was the day when one of the most dominant constructor-driver relationships began. In these 10 years, Lewis has won 6 World Drivers’ Championship (WDC) titles. Mercedes, on the other hand, have won 8 World Constructors’ Championship (WCC) titles.

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Lewis had won his first WDC title with McLaren in 2008. Ever since then, McLaren and its drivers failed to register any title-winning season. Lewis was therefore growing restless to move to a team that could challenge for a world title. Red Bull and Ferrari looked settled with their drivers. One seat opened up after Michael Schumacher decided to retire. That seat was at Mercedes.

Fans, therefore, had an overwhelming reaction to a journey that was touted to fail from the very beginning.

Co-Host of EngineBraking Podcast and Ex-F1 Senior Systems Engineer, Dan admitted how wrong he was when he believed Hamilton’s switch to Mercedes would be a career-ender.

Other fans had some overwhelming reactions as well.

One fan reflected on Hamilton’s achievements in these 10 years.

Another fan pointed out how badly the tweets from 10 years ago have aged.

 

Even Formula One’s official handle couldn’t help but reflect on the legend’s 10-years journey with Mercedes.

Lewis Hamilton’s 10-year journey with Mercedes

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Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes certainly have come a long way from where they started together. He has become the joint most WDC title holder with the great Michael Schumacher. Mercedes are yet to be beaten with their consecutive 8-year WCC title run. It just could not have worked out any better.

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – July 24, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates with a trophy on the podium after finishing second in the race REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

While now it is clear that Hamilton has won everything there is to win with Mercedes, it did not start with instant success. Sebastian Vettel was on a roll with Red Bull. In 2013, the year Lewis started his first season with Mercedes, Vettel won his fourth consecutive WDC title. It was the next year when Hamilton and Mercedes were to stamp their authority in the world of Formula One together.

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Ever since that year, Hamilton has missed out on the WDC title only twice, and Mercedes have never missed out on WCC once. That is going to change this year, but it takes nothing away from what these two have achieved together.

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Nischay Rathore

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Nischay Rathore is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. Being a law graduate, he has worked at the Supreme Court of India as well as the High Court of Delhi. However, due to his adherent love for sports, he has now set out to start his journey into the world of Sports Journalism.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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